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The best thing about this latest book by Jefferies is the time and setting 1935 Ceylon now Sri Lanka The author does a very good job of describing the country s flora and fauna, weather, geography, food, etc., so you can almost picture the place in your mind In addition, we have the opportunity here to meet up again with Gwen and Laurence Hooper, main characters of THE TEA PLANTER S WIFE, who make cameo appearances here Gwen, actually, makes extensive cameos, enough to be considered a secondary character in this book.However, neither characters nor plot nor dialogue interested me much There s such a lack of depth to the people and the story, and I found the dialogue often to be awkwardly written Even when the author is trying to have the characters interact meaningfully, mostly what they do is spout platitudes to each other, superficial psychobabble, or just boring vapidity It was hard to like anyone or care about their fates since they were about as dimensional as paper dolls.As for the plot, it centers around Louisa Reeve, the Sapphire Widow of the book s title In 1935 she has been married for than a decade to dashing, charming, handsome Elliot They have tried for a family for years with tragic results miscarriages and a stillbirth Elliot has become a sometimes distant, often absent husband and Louisa enables him by not calling him on his behavior, and, in addition, continuing to supply him with funds, since she and her father, with their gem cutting business, hold the purse strings.When Elliot dies unexpectedly, his secret life is revealed, both of a financial nature with gambling debts and shady business dealings, and of a personal with the ultimate betrayal of a secret mistress and child So the story finds Louisa trying to cope with all this There is an inadequately developed mystery of missing funds and some shady characters running around, popping up now and again to do shady things, in addition to Louisa s dealings with in laws, Elliot s mistress and child, and Leo, owner of the nearby cinnamon plantation which Elliot often visited and who is the mistress s cousin.But here s the problem I didn t care About anything Or anyone Well, I disliked Elliot because he was a horrid husband, but I couldn t really sympathize with Louisa because she was such a dishrag of a woman As for the other characters, the mother in law was a caricature ish witch, Louisa s father and father in law were nonentities, the sister in law was just Louisa s clone, the mistress was a weak willed, self absorbed puzzle, and Louisa s new love was a boring do nothing who SPOILERISH comments to follow didn t even take appropriate action when his cousin the mistress needed medical attention and emotional support Instead, his inaction led to her unnecessary death And then what does he do but delegate much of the care of Elliot s illegitimate child to Louisa because he s so busy with his cinnamon End of SPOILERISH comments The descriptive passages about the country were good, but the story itself was sketchily developed, almost like a rough draft The mystery about Elliot fell flat because of this Even the newly developing love connection for Louisa felt contrived and unconvincing I was disappointed by this new book by Jefferies It s not even half as good as THE TEA PLANTER S WIFE This is a weak entry in women s fiction The cover, however, is lovely, and if you count colonial Ceylon as a character, the story has one good one. I never thought that with a few classic exceptions I would read historical fiction willingly That was until I saw the beautiful cover of this book and wanted to know I read the excerpt and wanted to read the book.Dinah Jefferies writing completely transported my imagination to Ceylon in 1935 The book tells the story of Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming businessman her relationship with her husband appears perfect but as we all know, looks can be deceiving and so can husbands I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I completely left my comfort zone and feel that I was rewarded with finding such a well written tale.I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Oh my, the story cover says a story of love and betrayal included and my word, both were heavily included What an action packed historical fiction novel that completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations At my local library, I was one of the first in line to borrow a copy since I followed the book club run by Richard and Judy Set in the year 1935 in Ceylon, young woman Louisa Reeve lives with her husband Elliot and is the daughter of a gem trader with multiple successes There is just one downside to her world Not having a child After another miscarriage, Louisa notices that her husband is spending less time with her and heading to a plantation next to the Indian Ocean Suddenly, Elliot dies in an accident but leaves questions than answers Over the course of the novel, Louisa is left to pick up the pieces but in doing so, ends up unlocking hidden secrets that shattered everything she thought that she knew about her husband I really liked the plotline and the amount of both love and betrayal that played a huge role It kept me reading on to the conclusion which I liked Trigger warning for an animal death about 3 4 of the way in The pacing did move a little slow for me personally and at times, I did struggle visually with the surroundings There is something about Dinah s writing that really captivated me even with the slow pacing I look forward to reading novels about this author I would actually recommend this book to new readers of historical fiction as well as those who love their novels set in great locations and with a hint of mystery There was one chapter in particular that gave me Agatha Christie Poirot vibes and those novels are some of my personal favourites to read The year is 1935, Ceylon, which is what it was known as before their independence It is now known as the island nation of Sri Lanka There is ceylon tea grown in this lush,tropical area The rain falls abundantly there and it s perfect for growing cinnamon there Louisa Reeve and her husband have struggled for years to have a child Miscarriages and a still birth have left her devastated and have taken a real toll on her marriage Elliot her husband , has been increasingly absent from home His wife s sadness has taken a toll on him as well and he spends much time at a nearby plantation ,he s invested in, Cinnamon Hills On the night a large party is thrown at their house he is very late and a police officer brings the devastating news her husband has been in a fatal car accident Louisa s life is left in ruins when she discovers he has ruined them financially after borrowing a large sum of money from her and she has no idea where it s gone When other devastating secrets are revealed she discovers the man she married has been a true stranger to her and not who she thought he was at all The scent of cinnamon in the humid air along with the lush foliage will draw you into this hauntingly beautiful book as you try to solve who Luisa s husband really is and it will keep you reading Wonderful,wonderful historical book I absolutely can not wait to read by this author This is a real winner Pub Date 14 Aug 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Publishing though NetGalley Thank you All opinions expressed are my own. Hey ForeverBookers, I ve just finished perhaps my favourite standalone novel EVER I don t love standalone novels because I often think they re over too quickly but this one, although it did still leave me wanting , it had a great and packed story I often think that standalones are a waste of time because I m only just getting invested when I ve finished However, that wasn t the case with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries It s also published as The Tea Planter s Secret by the same author and is sooooooo good It s an adult historical fiction set in 1935 While the novel did go FAR beyond my expectations there were still a couple of things that I would have liked added to the plot 5 STARS I read The Sapphire Widow for many readathons again Reading Rivalry Book featuring a taboo subject Betrayal and lying Fiction Feud Society for the game of Clue Knife thriller mystery It s a mystery in that we get a big reveal and are trying to work out how that happened Litwits Forbidden Love I d say that there are two forbidden loves Literary Love Affair Trees On The Cover On all versions of this book I believe there are trees on the cover, according to Goodreads anyway mARCh a thon This is my own little readathon where I m trying to get through as many arcs as I can in the month of March This is my second, and it s still only 8th March I hope to read at least 5 arcs Wish me luck There are SO many areas to the plot so if I don t summarise them all, sorry Just know that it s still an amazing story that I think anyone can find something in, whether it s purely for enjoyment, another book to add to your Goodreads Read stack, or hope I however, wouldn t advise this for anyone struggling through the loss of a baby, or maybe even wanting a baby soooo much, as that s what our main character Louisa struggles with throughout She s had many failed pregnancies and a daughter that dies after child birth before the story begins Louisa lives in historical Galle, Ceylon in Sri Lanka She s a well off English immigrant She lives out there with her husband, Elliot and her father, Christopher These characters play big enough roles in the story but it s mainly focused on Louisa The novel is written in third person narrative, which I didn t mind so much this time I think it s because we can see into the eyes of other characters, which in other third person novels that I ve read, we don t need to see Here, we do to really get a grip of the events The Sapphire Widow is really about accepting that with support you can overcome anything just by changing the way you view the world and people around you, and that nothing should stop you from trying to do what you want NOTE This is an adult novel as it explores the stigma surrounding women who can t have children for one reason or another There are love scenes too that are spread out over the novel There is a story that s to do with death of a loved one as well as racism too The novel is historical so that is to be expected Spoilers below Even after twelve years of marriage, she still thought him a truly handsome man This is what Louisa thinks of her husband, Elliot at the beginning of The Sapphire Widow What she doesn t realise at this point is the giant secret he s been keeping for years When had she died Before or during the birth itself To be born without life What did it mean These were the questions still haunting her Here, Louisa is recollecting the birth of her and Elliot s daughter, Julia and her quick death after birth She doesn t think it s fair, which of course, it isn t All Louisa wants is a baby of her own After this and her other miscarriages is this really too much to ask, she questions This is why what Elliot has done hurts so much too As to what he s done, he s already got a seven year old son, Conor When Louisa finds this out she s shocked beyond all belief How dare he have a child with someone else, she thinks Maybe next time I ll come with you A trip away just the two of us He didn t reply Elliot doesn t want her to come with him because she ll discover his secret Elliot knew about Conor, it s revealed in the second half of The Sapphire Widow He writes a letter to Zinnia, Conor s mother, that he never sent, which Louisa discovers after his death It explains his love for her and that he wants to be with her, instead of Louisa When Louisa is told by Leo, our other main character, that he knew about Conor because he s Zinnia s cousin, she s shocked But danger was Elliot s addiction, alludes to how nothing scares Elliot He dies quite early on in the novel I believe that he is the Sapphire Trader in one of the titles, as it s him that has the huge secret He dies in a car accident we learn in the first half of the story We don t ever uncover why he died though That doesn t really matter to the overall plot but it would have been nice to know Was it his debts Was it his other relationships, that are also hinted at We just don t know Maybe we re to come to our own conclusion.I believe that The Sapphire Widow t is a book about moving on and about finding love again The romantic elements were my favourite parts of the plot I loved Leo, Louisa s partner after the death of Elliot Something about the intense darkness of his eyes unsettled her When Leo is introduced he s a bit of a recluse because he lives at a tea plantation and doesn t see many people day in, day out This is what Louisa is referring to when she says his eyes unsettle her, I believe He s just not used to people This is when Elliot is showing Louisa the plantation The only people that Leo sees are Zinnia and Conor, his family, both of whom I mentioned above, but he doesn t spend a lot of time with them at first It s Leo that tells Louisa of Elliot s affair, after his death, as he thinks she deserves to know the truth He knows because his sister told him Of course she s angry to begin with, who wouldn t be If I found out my husband had had a secret affair and a child as a result, I d be livid Louisa doesn t think she ll be able to see or be around Conor He s what she always wanted with Elliot He should be her son, she thinks But as the story progresses we see that Louisa accepts and learns to love Conor for who he is, and doesn t care about who made him They had come a long way since those early days and, she had to admit, she really was beginning to think of the child as hers I found this line sweet because it shows that Louisa has come to accept Conor as her own child Zinnia dies during the novel leaving Conor motherless All he s got is Leo after her death Does this bond between him and Louisa continue to grow or does it all come to a bad end I desperately wanted Louisa to fall pregnant with Leo s baby Does this happen You ll have to read to find out We never find out why Louisa couldn t have children with Elliot It obviously wasn t because of him, as he has Conor This isn t expanded on, I think because at the time this is set, 1935 women just didn t know why they couldn t have babies They just had to accept it and move on Now, with all the technological advances we do have of an idea as to why some women struggle to have children Of course, there s a romance in The Sapphire Widow There are actually two for our main character but only one is focused on, which is good When I read the blurb I thought that Louisa would have both men on the go at once but this is not the case, thank goodness The main romance is between Louisa and Leo It was slowburn, which I m not normally a fan of but this one came with a LOT of chemistry I don t normally like slowburn romance because I think they re quite boring but because of the chemistry Louisa and Leo had together, I was all for this one We could clearly see Louisa as she realised her feelings for Leo, as well as Leo s feelings for her but I also wanted to hear your voice She smiled, happy It s lovely to hear you too IWell, what I mean is, that I m looking forward to seeing you too That s all She felt the warmth curling inside her chest, and sensed that something that might change everything was on the verge of happening Of course it s their love that might or might not happen Does it You ll have to read to find out Another big part of The Sapphire Widow is Irene, Elliot s mother She s not always on the page but is there throughout, a bit like Margo, Elliot s sister Margo is always on Louisa s side, like her sister than Elliot s, but Irene is a horrible woman She s always trying to put Louisa down and tell her she s wrong, which isn t true Louisa is right than Irene When a husband strays, I blame the wife, And by that you mean If you d only had children Louisa felt stunned So you blame me for his extramarital affair And what about his debts Were they my doing too Irene shrugged To be completely honest, I thought Irene was a vile woman and absolutely hated her She s the worst as in most evil antagonist I ve come across in a non fantasy novel The way she says If you d only had children leaving it open ended really made me angry It s like she wanted to rile Louisa She s just not a nice woman, and when she threatens to adopt Conor because he s her grandson, Louisa feels it s up to her to make sure that doesn t happen Where does Conor end up You ll have to read to find out There are other elements, like Elliot s gambling debts and the building of an emporium to see the jewellery, which I wasn t all that interested in Luckily those bits were scattered in the main plot so it wasn t all in one place What did I like about The Sapphire Widow I LOVED the romance I don t normally like slowburn romance because I think it s too slow but I don t think instalove would have really worked because we needed to see Louisa get to know and trust Leo first before anything could happen between them It would have been nice to have seen a little but I m happy with what we got I loved the characters, even Irene or how she was written anyway They all had something different about them to make them stand out The very minor characters weren t focused on very much I appreciated this I felt very much on Louisa s wavelength I thought that I would have made the exact decisions that she did, throughout I felt as if I was Louisa apart from how we look different I loved the setting It was great to read about a place that I didn t know I ve never read about or studied Sri Lanka, so I wasn t aware how different it was to the country where I live The setting wasn t largely focused on but what was there was interesting, like the plantation and beach scenes Where I live the weather isn t nice enough to have plantations or to go to the beach every other day I liked how I felt about EVERY emotion while reading I felt love, anger, resentment, hate, excitement, surprise and That s really what we all want in a good novel, I think I put the heart emoji next to the scenes that I considered love scenes, and I must have had over 50 by the end of the novel The author was able to write all these emotions, while still keeping a flowing story What didn t I like about The Sapphire Widow There wasn t really anything that I didn t like, apart from something that I don t want to spoil The novel would have been perfect if this event had of happened but I understand why it didn t because life is never perfecteven for book characters That was the only thing that would have made this a beyond amazing book for me It was amazing as it was Therefore, I ADORED The Sapphire Widow I highly recommend it if you love slowburn romance, books set in way off places if you don t already live in Sri Lanka , historical fiction that feels like it s today you re reading about, and just sweet stories that tug at your heartstrings As I said above warning for talk of miscarriage and loss of children, however Stand by for my next review, coming soon The Sapphire Widow is another mesmerising story from Dinah Jefferies Set in Ceylon in 1935, it s a beautifully written and evocative story of love, betrayal and hope For those that have read The Tea Planter s Wife some familiar faces return I was delighted to meet up again with Laurence and Gwen Hooper.Louisa Reeve has a privileged life, living in a grand colonial house with servants to look after the household Her charming and handsome businessman husband of 12 years, Elliott, is a loving husband, albeit away from home a lot There is however something missing from Louisa s life, a child She is still mourning the loss of her stillborn baby as well as recovering from previous miscarriages.When tragedy strikes Louisa is left to pick up the pieces of her life and what she discovers makes her wonder whether she ever knew her husband at all Whilst trying to cope with devastating events, and with the support of her father and sister in law, she tries to make a new start and puts her energies into a new venture involving the renovation of an imposing, but derelict building for the sale of jewellery, silks and high quality goods This is not without its own problems and added to her other woes, I wouldn t have blamed her if she had buried herself under the duvet or the 1930 s equivalent and stayed there Of course Louisa is not that sort of person despite her vulnerability, she has an inner strength which she will need to draw upon, especially in her dealings with Irene, the mother in law from hell.Dinah Jefferies has a great talent for bringing locations and landscapes to life with her vivid and lavish descriptions I could easily visualise the setting of the Cinnamon Hills plantation in Colombo, or the ramparts of Galle overlooking the sea.As for characters, there were some that I loved and others that made me want to poke them in the eye Louisa of course was engaging and I was on her side from the beginning, she certainly had patience than me, especially where certain people were concerned Margo, her supportive sister in law who had her own problems to deal with Jonathan, Louisa s father who really stepped up to the plate when it mattered and then there s Leo, owner of the cinnamon plantation An unconventional, self contained man but with a heart of gold.I adore Dinah s books, I can vicariously travel to exotic locations, experience different cultures and be thoroughly entertained The amount of research that must have been undertaken and the intricate level of detail involved is incredible and adds to the authenticity There is a little of everything in The Sapphire Widow Drama, secrets and betrayals, romance all sitting against a mysterious and sinister backdrop.I really enjoyed it It was a book that kept me so completely engrossed and I was quite sad when I d finished And finally, a big bravo to the designers, yet another stunning cover Mi am placut mult The sapphire widow, la fel de mult ca Sotia plantatorului de ceai Au fost destul de asemanatoare ca atmosfera, iar actiunea a avut acelasi decor Sa nu mai spun de cireasa de pe tort i am reintalnit pe Gwen si Laurence, personajele din Sotia plantatorului de ceai 3 Initial nu am crezut ca e vorba despre aceeasi persoana si nu mi a venit sa cred cand am realizat ca prietena si confidenta lui Louise de la plantatia de ceai e nimeni alta decat Gwen, acum cu o familie fericita si unita, care a avut parte de finalul ei fericit Mi s a parut foarte buna ideea de a integra personajele vechi intr o noua poveste, nu am mai intalnit o pana acum si m am bucurat de aceasta revedere.Ca in toate romanele lui Jefferies, accentul se pune pe atmosfera, pe o parte a lumii exotica si pe alocuri greu de inteles, insa absolut superba, plina de arome, de apusuri spectaculoase, de liniste, de frumusete si eleganta Cu asta ma cucereste de fiecare data autoarea, chiar daca nu exceleaza la capitolul actiune Nu exceleaza in sensul ca finalurile ei sunt previzibile, nu exista multe intorsaturi de situatie, iar intriga e destul de banala, insa clar romanele ei au ceva special, abilitatea aceasta de a te purta departe si de a intra intr o comunitate care te primeste cu bratele deschise, de a te simti ca acasa in celalalt capat al lumii, de a cunoaste niste povesti de viata cu care sa poti rezona si de a te atasa de niste eroine cu caracter frumos, de la care ai ce invata E vorba despre frumusete in cartile ei, in toate felurile posibile.Louise este o tanara bogata, cu o pozitie inalta in societate, apreciata de cei din jur, mereu eleganta si demna, care insa e nefericita, pentru ca din casnicia ei cu Eliott, barbatul iubit, lipseste un copil Dupa cateva avorturi, cei doi incearca sa se regaseasca, sa isi pastreze vie relatia si speranta, chiar daca ceva s a rupt Louise insa il iubeste cu tot sufletul pe sotul ei si are incredere in el si in promisiunile lui Totul insa se darama in jur cand acesta moare intr un accident, iar Louise ramane cu minciunile si infruntarea adevarului Cine era Eliott de fapt Va putea Louise sa o ia de la capat si sa accepte lucrurile pe care i le a lasat sotul ei E o poveste de viata realista, dar plina de speranta, cu mesajul clasic ca, pana la urma, iubirea invinge tot si merita sa ai curajul de a face schimbarile care duc la vindecare Mi a placut, a fost o lectura relaxanta, perfecta pentru a iesi din cotidian. *Download Book ⇤ The Sapphire Widow ↡ A Sweeping, Breath Taking Story Of Love And Betrayal From The Number One Sunday Times Bestselling Author Of The Tea Planter S WifeAlso Called The Sapphire WidowCeylon, Louisa Reeve, The Daughter Of A Successful British Gem Trader, And Her Husband Elliot, A Charming, Thrill Seeking Businessman, Seem Like The Couple Who Have It All Except What They Long For Than Anything A ChildWhile Louisa Struggles With Miscarriages, Elliot Is Increasingly Absent, Spending Much Of His Time At A Nearby Cinnamon Plantation, Overlooking The Indian Ocean After His Sudden Death, Louisa Is Left Alone To Solve The Mystery He Left Behind Revisiting The Plantation At Cinnamon Hills, She Finds Herself Unexpectedly Drawn Towards The Owner Leo, A Rugged Outdoors Man With A Chequered Past The Plantation Casts A Spell, But All Is Not As It Seems And When Elliot S Shocking Betrayal Is Revealed, Louisa Has Only Leo To Turn To I only received a proof of this today but luckily it s been one of those days where I ve been travelling and waiting around a bit so plenty of time for reading I ve just had the most productive day ever thanks to Dinah Jefferies solved a mystery, been transported to Ceylon, discovered the world of the plantations, the difficulties of the gem and sapphire industry, a troubled marriagethis novel is packed to the rafters It doesn t read as being too full though as it flows as neatly as the rivers through those plantations.It s not out until April, but this has to be on your list as Dinah really is one of the best authors out there for her vivid, colourful and evocative descriptions.Simply gorgeous with a mysterious and revealing plot that shakes out one surprise after another Heartfelt emotions and well developed characters A gem of a read Veiksmas vyksta 1935 aisiais Ceilone Vieno i brangakmeni prekeivi dukra Luiza Riv, ir jos avingasis vyras Eliotas, atrodo, gyvena svajoni gyvenim Ta iau jiems tr ksta vieno esminio dalyko k dikio.Luiza kuo toliau, tuo labiau niekaip negali susitaikyti su tuo, jog jai nebus lemta tapti motina..Kuomet netik tai j pasiekia inia, jog Eliotas uvo automobilio avarijoje Tuo metu jai atrodo, jog em i slydo tiesiai jai i po koj.Nor dama i siai kinti, kas i tikr j nutiko, jos vyrui ir kod l jis va iavo visi kai kitur, nei, kad buvo jai sak s, Luiza nuvyksta cinamono plantacij , kurioje jos vyras praleisdavo vis daugiau laiko.Ten nuvykus yra atskleid iami keletas dalyk , tuomet ir paai k ja, jog Eliotas nebuvo toks mogus, kokiu vis laik d josi es s.Knyga labai lengvai skaitosi, bei traukia savo pasakojimu bei sp dingais gamtos apra ymais.Yra palie iama daug jautri tem kaip negal jimas susilaukti vaik , mylimojo i davyst Man nor josi, jog autor iek tiek pla iau panagrin t ias temas.Vietomis iek tiek glumino pagrindin s veik jos naivumas, bei priimami kai kurie sprendimai.Nepaisant to knyga labai jautri ir traukianti.Puikiai tiks laisvalaikiui, kuomet norisi atsipalaiduoti ir tiesiog pasinerti istorij.